Denis Istomin: The Biofile
by Scoop Malinowski|
Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin reveals his first tennis memory, his most painful moment, the three athletes he likes to follow and more for this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski...
First Tennis Memory: "When I came on the court with my mom (Klaudiya Istomina), she was coach. And I just take the racquet and go hit the ball on the wall. And I was like playing for two hours on the wall. That's my first memory of tennis."
Tennis Inspirations: "Everybody wants to be a good player, win a Grand Slam, be No. 1. So for me, the same."
Last Book Read: "Paulo Coelho The Alchemist."
Most Painful Moment: "I think it's my car accident (driving to Futures tournament in Tashkent in 2001). I was in hospital for three months and I have to stop playing tennis for two-and-a-half years."
First Famous Tennis Player You Met Or Encountered: "It was Marat Safin and he was playing in Tashkent ATP tournament. I was small. I won junior tournament in Tashkent and he gave us the present."
Funniest Player Encountered: "Michael Llodra."
Strangest Match: "Actually it was the longest match in my career. I played the Ecuadorian guy (Nicolas) Lapentti in US Open. I beat him 7-6 in the fifth. The match was like only rallies and it was a tough, tough match for me. And I think, for me, it was the more unusual, normally I play not so long but with him I play for five hours. It was long match."
Current Car: "Actually I have a Peugeot 308 in Moscow now."
Favourite Sport Outside Tennis: "Soccer."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "Didier Drogba. I'd say Roger Federer. And I think Yelena Isinbayeva (Russian pole vaulter)."
People Qualities Most Admired: "I think it's good to be friendly, like open for everybody, and just talk with everybody. And be funny."
Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com